Choisya ternata (RUTACEAE)
Planting and Growing Mexican Orange
You’ll find everything you need to know to plant and grow Mexican orange in the accompanying table’s tabs:
- Flowers, foliage, and fruit of Mexican orange
- Growing conditions for Mexican orange
- When and where to plant Mexican orange
- How to plant Mexican orange
- How to shape, prune and control growth of Mexican orange
- Watering, fertilizing, and care of Mexican orange
- Landscape uses of Mexican orange
- Pest and disease control for Mexican orange
Growing Mexican Orange
A few cultivars of fast-growing, erect, branching or arching, evergreen shrubs, 5–8 ft. (1.5–2.4 m) tall, with opposite, shiny, deep green, oval, divided, pointed leaves, to 6 in. (15 cm) wide, with 3 leaflets, 2–3 in. (50–75 mm) long, in fan-shaped groups.
Mexican Orange Planting and Care Guide
Flowers and Fruit
Showy, cream, white, star-shaped, 4–5-petaled flowers, to 1 in. (50 mm) wide, in profuse, erect, mounding clusters, in early spring, form capsule-like fruit in early summer.
U.S.D.A. Plant Hardiness Zones 7–11; ground hardy, zones 8–11.
Soil Type and Fertility
Damp to dry, well-drained soil. Fertility: Rich. 5.5–7.0 pH.
Where and How to Plant
Full sun to partial shade. Space 5–8 ft. (1.5–2.4 m) apart.
Moderate. Keep damp; allow soil surface to dry between waterings. Drought tolerant. Fertilize every 2 months. Prune after bloom. Propagate by cuttings.
About This Species
Good choice for accents, containers, walls in arid, tropical gardens. Attracts bees. Aphid, spider mite and chlorosis, fungal disease susceptible.